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A Project Leader Isn’t a Gallon of Milk: How a Commodity Approach to Staffing Costs Organizations Time, Money and Morale

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Far too many organizations treat staffing project leaders like they treat grocery shopping. So long as a staffing company is providing them with a bevy of resumes with competitive prices and a good return policy, many organizations are content to shop there.

The problem is that, unlike with a gallon of milk, quality varies when shopping for project managers, and choosing the wrong product costs an organization’s time, dollars, morale, and efficiency. The impact of a poor hire is multiplied when it occurs at such a crucial position as a project manager.

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How PMOs Save Troubled CIOs

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In a world where 68% of all Information Technology (IT) projects fail, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are accountable for one of the most challenging aspects of growing a business. Accordingly, CIOs have some of the shortest tenures among any executive position.

The reason many organizations are not able to deliver on these mission-critical initiatives is because of an ineffective Project Management Office (PMO). (more…)

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The Risk of Risk Management: Why it feels so wrong to do what’s right

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When unplanned events arise, there are severe repercussions for the projects you are accountable for. Yet, project risk management typically has an unpleasant connotation.Trying to sell executives on risk management is like taking the role of an insurance salesperson, dwelling on the negative potentialities that might not even happen. There are enough “real” uncertainties and issues that exist right now in any project; how are you going to convince executives to spend their money on risks that have a limited chance of happening?

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